Apprentice’s Enthusiasm Wins Big at College Awards

17 July 2017 | Apprentices

Local man Reece Dunstan, 20, from Kings Tamerton, was presented with the Apprenticeship Student of the Year Award at City College’s annual student awards evening. The event publically recognises and rewards students who have made a positive contribution to their course, the College or the local community.

Julie McLean, Faculty Director for Work-based Learning and Schools Partnerships at the College, said: “Since joining the College Reece has proven himself to be a real asset. His role as a Business Administration apprentice has evolved and continued to go from strength to strength. Reece is confident and knowledgeable and we have high hopes for him as he nears the end of his Apprenticeship. I couldn’t think of anyone more worthy of a Student of the Year Award.”

In addition, Reece was singled out by Plymouth Citybus for the sponsored Employability Award. Debbie Hicks, Recruitment and Training Manager at Citybus presented Reece with the Award. She said: “Reece clearly has so many attributes that epitomise the Employability Award. Within his role at the College he has been able to grow and develop skills that employers look for and any company would be lucky to have him. The praise Reece has received from businesses at corporate events made him stand out and he fully deserves this award.”

Reece said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed – I wasn’t expecting to even be nominated, let alone to be given an extra award. I have really enjoyed my time at the College and have gained so much from the experience. I know when I finish my Apprenticeship I will go away with a large skill set that will no doubt help me with my future career.”

Fifteen awards were presented by the College’s Curriculum Directors, with six special awards – sponsored by local organisations – presented for: Community (The Herald); Employability (Plymouth Citybus); Enterprise (the University of Plymouth); Equality and Diversity (Livewell Southwest); Opportunity (Plymouth Marjon University); and Student Voice (Radio Plymouth).

The event was held in the College’s PL1 Restaurant, with a special menu prepared and served by hospitality and catering students. The awards evening was attended by each of the Student of the Year winners and their families, their nominating lecturers, College staff and Governors, and representatives from the six sponsoring organisations.

For more information about Apprenticeships, or any of the full or part-time options available, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in event on Wednesday 19 July between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at Kings Road. To view a list of the current Apprenticeship vacancies visit

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